It was exactly 67 years ago Tuesday that Jack Roosevelt Robinson made his major-league debut — becoming the first black player in the modern era — with the Brooklyn Dodgers and helped change professional sports forever. Robinson’s debut, coming April 15, 1947, came before the U.S. military was integrated and was the first major step toward all of sports ending segregation.
In turn, every April 15 is now celebrated across baseball as Jackie Robinson Day.
“Jackie Robinson is an American icon whose accomplishments and leadership continue to inspire us in Baseball and our society at large,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “Major League Baseball proudly celebrates his enduring legacy, which is reflected by extraordinary on-field diversity of players from all backgrounds, enthusiastic participation in youth baseball and softball, and proven results in diverse business efforts.”
As many of us know by now, Robinson and his…